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Poster: kevmayes Date: Oct 14, 2002 5:01pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: paper explosion

well lyn ~ suspect you've covered the field ~ because of some humtidumtian brainstem problem ~ i love real books ~ like you ~ i love the bookmobile ~ because it produces ~ real books ~ things one can curl up with ~ in bed ~ or ~ at the beach ~ or ~ in the bus ~ or ~ whatever ~ but ~ because one wants to ~ shock horror ~ print paper things ~ using ~ ink ~ one is castigated for ~ destroying the forests ~ contaminating the environment ~ exposing kids to ~ poisonous inks ~ or ~ other noxious and expensive ~ consumables ~ and so on ~ but ~ short of real ink on real paper ~ or ~ perhaps eink on ebooks ~ your other suggestion ~ what's left ~ being irradiated by a monitor ~ now that is ~ terminal :) ~ the only thing left i can conjure up is ~ the prime radiant thing ~ out of asimov something ~ and that's way way way off :( ~ so what else is there ~ i'm stumped ~ need help ~ baap

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Poster: mwoodwar Date: Oct 14, 2002 9:08pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: paper explosion

I am sensitive to this issue, but still favor the project strongly. I'm not sure that anyone has suggested NOT sharing these books, my advice is always to pass it on when done.

In my personal life, I have cancelled my newspaper subscriptions (even Sunday :( ), take a canvas bag to the grocer, and recycle all of my paper. I realize that this doesn't make it right, but it is a matter of choice.

In my little town in Tennessee, I recently met a 6 yr old girl who had NEVER had a book of her own at home...I was thunderstruck. Sorry, but for right now anyway...I'm still strongly in favor.

Mark

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbrewster Date: Oct 20, 2002 1:23am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: More forests left standing

If all the paper that was printed was read, there would be alot more forests standing. Making a book for yourself takes some commitment (more than hitting the print button on a word processor), so I think we would not be wasting trees with this print-on-demand system. in fact, being able to read a book on screen until you are committed to printing-binding-cutting may just be the type of system we need to reduce paper waste.

-brewster

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Poster: Michael Sinclair Date: Nov 8, 2002 8:47am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: More forests left standing

What about those people who cannot read a story sitting at a computer? For people who don't have access to a computer, this is a great program that they have going. As well, how long can you sit in front of a monitor staring at text? I much prefer a real, bound book. Something I can curl up with and read anywhere.

Though I do agree with the fact that a great deal of resources are being put into this, I believe that the benefits are greater than the negatives.

Who knows, maybe they'll start cloning trees with advanced aging processes so they can make paper at increased rates without having to cut down many more existing trees. ;p

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